Next Vauxhall Meriva gets bettter flexibility, more visibility
9 April 2009

The new five-seat Vauxhall Meriva compact MPV hits the market in summer 2010, with styling that draws nothing from the outgoing model, but has echoes of both Insignia and new Astra.

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The next Vauxhall Meriva features wide-opening rear-hinged back doors, plus a redesigned monorail system for the rear seats that allows them to be folded away entirely, or mounted further back for better leg room.

The designers have worked hard to eliminate the Vauxhall Meriva’s often-criticised blind spot at the base of the windscreen pillar, and have included a ‘kink’ in the rear window sill to allow children a better view.

The new Meriva has a longer wheelbase and wider tracks than its predecessor, as well as a longer front overhang for better crash protection. It will be available with the Astra’s new engines.

Steve Cropley

Our Verdict

Vauxhall Meriva

The Vauxhall Meriva, with its rear-hinged back doors, is a more mature car than before, but little more innovative

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